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Google's $19 million payout: How to get your piece

Google's $19 million payout: How to get your piece
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I have a question for all parents: Have you ever had to pay for apps you didn't want because your kids got a hold of your gadget? I bet you have.

More and more parents are complaining that purchase settings on gadgets aren't strict enough, so kids can buy stuff without their permission. There are plenty of in-app purchases kids can make without your knowledge. That's why my son knows that if he wants to buy upgrades in a game app, it's going to come out of his allowance.

Most of those games have more in-app purchases than you can count. Each one usually costs $1 to $2. That can add up quickly when your child is trying to beat Candy Crush. Some parents have lost as much as $200!

That's why the Federal Trade Commission is going after Google, Apple and Amazon to try and get back some of your lost money and make it harder for kids to make unauthorized purchases in the future. Apple already agreed to pay out $31.5 million and now Google has settled with Android customers, too.

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